Most people cannot stand the thought of unnecessary killings when it comes to animals but that in itself happens all over the world for a lot of different ‘reasons.’ In recent times it seems the annual ‘ritual’ of Faroe Islands has played out once again and it’s resulted in the deaths of a lot of whales.
According to Sea Shepherd UK, the first organized ‘grindadrap hunt’ of 2020 has resulted in the deaths of about 252 long-finned pilot whales and 25 Atlantic white-sided dolphins. As you will see in the pictures below, this slaughter left the sea where these creatures were killed looking red and it’s quite heartbreaking to see, to be honest.
Hunters go after these beautiful creatures, and the meat is split up between the main ones and from there split further and those who end up with an abundance of meat can keep it or sell it, whatever they’d like.
Warning – Disturbing #grindadrap images in this article!252 long finned pilot whales and 35 Atlantic white sided…
In their post on this Sea Shepherd UK wrote as follows:
“Warning – Disturbing #grindadrap images in this article!
252 long-finned pilot whales and 35 Atlantic white-sided dolphins were killed inHvalba last night after the huge pod was found off Sandvik.
This is the first organized grindadrap hunt of 2020 with the meat from the hunt distributed first the approximately 70 hunt participants from the boats and those killing on the beach – and then the remainder to villages on Suouroy with all recipients then free to sell their share of the meat if they so wish.”
To the beautiful family of pilot whales that were brutally murdered in the Danish #FaroeIslands, we are so deeply sorry… We will keep fighting to end this insane blood sport. RIP beautiful family…
— ORCA (@OceanicRescue) July 17, 2020
While these images might not look like much the photos from years before this one really do show just how horrifying something like this can be. While the meat is being eaten, at what cost? Whales are being killed and while this specific species is not endangered or anything like that, it could become so if we continue doing things like this. Approximately 800 or so are slaughtered each year for this blood sport in this area and it’s quite saddening to hear about.
These amazing whales are quite social and live in schools of hundreds which sadly makes them easy targets for hunters like these. While Sea Shepherd is working to defend these whales and trying to stop this barbaric practice, progress is quite slow. Convincing the Danish government that this no longer needs to happen is much harder than you’d expect.
Operation Bloody Fjords is described as follows on the Sea Shepherd’s website:
“Every year, up to 1,000 migrating pilot whales and other dolphins are hunted and brutally killed in the Danish protectorate of the Faroe Islands in a practice known as the ‘grindadráp’ or ‘grind.’ The cruel and bloody practice continues with the support of the Danish government, in conflict with Denmark’s international legal obligations. Operation Bloody Fjords heralds a new direction for Sea Shepherd as the organization takes its battle against the grindadráp to the heart of the Faroese and Danish institutions that continue to promote this outdated practice.”
“Increasing restrictions prevent Sea Shepherd volunteers from entering the Faroe Islands in an attempt to cover up the horrors of the grindadráp. But as the battleground changes, we too change our tactics. Operation Bloody Fjords takes the battle to the heart of the Faroese and Danish institutions that continue to promote this outdated practice.. We will use photographic and video evidence to fight the grind in the judicial and political arenas, in commerce and industry and — as always — in the media.”
“Sea Shepherd has officially submitted a request to the European Commission to launch infringement proceedings against Denmark for facilitating the slaughter of pilot whales and other cetaceans in the Faroe Islands. An EU directive prohibits member states from all forms of deliberate disturbance, capture, or killing of cetaceans, however, Sea Shepherd has evidence proving that Danish officials from the police, navy, and customs have been facilitating and even actively participating in the Grind.”
In the past those who were a part of Sea Shepherds have done their best to protect these creatures even going so far as to try and drive the herds off before hunters could get to them and some have been arrested over it for quite interesting charges, to say the least. To learn more about this horrible practice take a look at the videos below, but please do keep in mind they are not for the faint of heart and the second one is quite graphic.